March 2021

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?

2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

Saint Kessog (also known as MacKessog) is an obscure figure in Scottish history who appears out of the mists of time. However, he was once venerated by Robert the Bruce and there are those who argue that he was once the Patron Saint of Scotland, before Saint Andrew was given that iconic role.  Saint Kessog [...]

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

November 2020

St Andrews Cathedral: Skeletons, Skulls and Sarcophagi

2020-11-30T17:32:00+00:00

St Andrews Cathedral is the place to visit if you are interested in stones, bones, and ghostly groans. Like all of Scotland’s ancient buildings, it is shrouded in its fair share of myth and mystery. How could it be anything less when it once housed the bones of Scotland’s Patron Saint, Saint Andrew whose feast [...]

St Andrews Cathedral: Skeletons, Skulls and Sarcophagi2020-11-30T17:32:00+00:00

June 2020

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory

2020-10-15T18:15:24+00:00

The 18th of June is the Feast Day of the Nine Maidens in Scotland. But who were these women? Did they ever exist? Were they Christian reworkings of an ancient religion tied to Goddess worship? What is the connection between the Nine Maidens, the Cailleach and Brìde? What is their connection with Edinburgh and King [...]

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory2020-10-15T18:15:24+00:00

May 2020

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation

2020-10-15T18:59:48+00:00

As the Battle of Dún Nechtain was taking place, a strange incident occurred in Carlisle.  Iurminburg, Queen of Bernicia, sought refuge in a Nunnery which her sister governed as Abbess. Where else was a woman supposed to find solace when their menfolk were at war? That day she had a visitor, the recently appointed Bishop [...]

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation2020-10-15T18:59:48+00:00

April 2020

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?

2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

On the 11th April 1951, Scotland’s Stone of Destiny was found on the High Altar of Arbroath Abbey. The Stone had been missing for months. Some would argue that the Stone had not really been stolen for the Stone had been wrested from Scotland some seven hundred years before. But how can a simple block [...]

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

December 2018

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth

2020-10-16T18:42:52+00:00

In 874 AD Maelbrigte the Tooth appeared from the shadows of Scottish history. Little is recorded of his life: most of what is known concerns his death. This is an account of Viking treachery and duplicity, of a Scottish army, crushed and of poetic justice. Maelbrigte: The Pict During Maelbrigte’s lifetime he would have witnessed [...]

The Tale of Maelbrigte the Tooth2020-10-16T18:42:52+00:00
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